Higher education reporter in Pittsburgh, Pa. is seeking a higher education reporter to join our passionate and innovative team of journalists covering the Pittsburgh region.

The higher ed reporter job at PublicSource — a two-year position that we hope to be able to extend — is made possible through a partnership with Open Campus, a national nonprofit news organization that’s creating a network of local reporters dedicated to covering higher education.

The Pittsburgh economy is often talked about as a phoenix rising from the collapse of steel and now dominated by ‘eds and meds.’ The major tentpoles of our region are again under great stress due to the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. At the same time, the city will be looking to its colleges and universities to help it recover — to help train people for new jobs, to help address racial inequities and to perform important research.

The Pittsburgh region is home to dozens of colleges, which educate local residents and draw new students to the area. The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University are among the region’s top employers, and they often play national roles in leading cutting-edge research. Bottom line: Higher education is central to economic opportunity and social mobility in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It’s a dynamic and diverse environment in which to cover this beat.

We’re looking for:

  • A reporter with three or more years of experience.
  • Experience covering higher ed is a big plus, but not required. However, we’d like to see a track record of building a beat and producing enterprise journalism focused on accountability and elevating people’s stories.
  • Strong people skills and an affinity for working with others.
  • Someone who can work independently under deadline and juggle a variety of assignments, from short- and medium-term enterprise to more substantial signature projects.
  • Experience working with data is preferred but not required.
  • A dedication to broader team goals is a must. Our team of 14 collaborates on many levels, from producing strong visuals and developing promotion plans for our stories to evaluating audience engagement and hosting events.

The PublicSource newsroom — founded in 2011 — covers local government, economic development, the environment, health, K-12 education, public safety and race relations. The mission of the newsroom is to inspire critical thinking and bold ideas through local journalism rooted in facts, excellence, diverse voices and pursuit of transparency.

PublicSource offers paid vacation time leave and sick days, a 401(k) match, a health plan, competitive paid parental leave and professional development opportunities. PublicSource is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and three to five clips to by Oct. 15.

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